Decades of nostalgia and storylines, bags of toy history, G.I.Joe is a mainstay of toy-inspired comics. IDW has their arms around several properties. How are they doing with the non-robot mercenaries? YO!
G.I.JOE Sierra Muerte #1
Written and Illustrated by Michel Fiffe
Published by IDW Publishing
Cobra Commander is dying and looking for a new body. Our hero mercenaries have intercepted Cobra as they try to restock munitions. On other fronts, Scarlet tries to bring Oscar in but loses the aged man in a firefight. And Storm Shadow ends up with tubes hooked to his head/mask for a cloning body-swap. It’s not a real spoiler and, yes, they are performing major medical experiments with his costume on.
Almost every page introduces a new character with an obligatory caption box with their name. That becomes formulaic fast. The dialogue may be nostalgic but it is so painfully shallow that it reads like a web comic.
The art and lettering have a very “sketchy” feel to them like some good indie works. IDW specifically recruited Michel Fiffe for this miniseries. The production is consistent. Right off the top the letters don’t work for me. I don’t know what IDW was going for but the word bubbles and connecting lines would look great in a fairy tale or fantasy story.
The later magenta backdrops are an intentional throwback to the late 80’s but the routine absence of color can’t go unnoticed. Joe’s are all about color, Cobra is all about darks. This all comes down to the series isn’t meant to be a standalone entry. You have to do your home work first or skip it.
Finally, Sierra Muerte isn’t the story I would have matched to Michel’s style. But I will up a star for a one-man show.
This is a nostalgia-only buy. Get it if you love the Joes at your local comic shop.
I give it 3 stars of 5 with a heavy nod to toy lovers.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.